Lawmakers and activists push for home service security (video)

By Brooke Rayford

In bid to make home services more secure for seniors and the disabled, State Rep. Greg Harris, U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky and others announced their support for a proposed law.

House Bill 4351 was originally created when Governor Rauner proposed a state budget that would cut aid for disabled and senior citizens by raising the Determination of Need (DON) score. Which is the formula the state uses to determine if someone qualifies for home services. They spoke about the bill at the Thompson Center last Wednesday.

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If the bill is passed, it will prevent Governor Rauner from raising the DON score and allow citizens the opportunity to stay in their homes with the help of home care workers, in addition to other benefits.

Though Governor Rauner has reversed his decision to raise the DON score, Representatives feel the need to push forward with the bill to protect seniors and the disabled in the future.

Photo at top: Brooke Rayford/Medill